Santa Cruz City's Jaws 99 White took first place in last weeks hotly contested GU14 "world cup" beach tournament, with teams coming form as far away as Placerville. he girls finished 2nd two weeks prior, in the ProAm Beach tournament, and were not going to settle for 2nd again! The girls finished with an impressive 4-1-0 (+16 GD). In the final, the Jaws girls kept their composure against an aggressive and very vocal Livermore Fusion squad. The girls used their local beach knowledge/training to come away with a strong 4-1 win!
The U-13 Sharks 00 Blue, a wildcard team called to compete at the last minute as a finalist in the Northern California Region IV Presidents cup, fought valiantly through six games -- winning two in round-robin play against Oregon and Alaska, then beating Colorado in the Quarterfinals and Idaho in the Semifinals to reach the Finals Sunday morning against the HG Eagles from Cal-South.
The Sharks scored first on a penalty kick by Jonathan Sherwood-Flett in the 19th minute. Cal-South answered in the 60th minute, sending the game into two overtime periods. A goal by Cal-South in the 80th minute gave them the win. Cal South moves on to the National President’s Cup in South Dakota.
The Sharks, a Santa Cruz City YSC team, were coached by German Plaza and Thanasis Kottas. The Sharks’ Travis Hatcher was a top goal scorer in the tournament with a total of 5 goals.
U13 boys competitive soccer team Sharks 00 Blue, after reaching the California State finals of the Presidents Cup, will be participating in the Region IV Presidents Cup that will take place from June 11 through June 15 at the Morgan Hill Sport Complex in Morgan Hill, CA. This event has teams representing Cal South, Cal North, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Alaska. The Champion of this event will represent Region IV at the National Championship in Greenville, SC from July 11 thru July 13.
This is the first time that a team from Santa Cruz City YSC has had the opportunity to play and represent Santa Cruz at the regional level of competition. Most of the players on this team started playing soccer at the recreational level (U6), and the team has volunteer parents as Coaches and Manager.
Because of the nature and the schedule of the competition, some players have been asked to miss school on Wednesday and Thursday. These are some of the hard choices that go along with high level competition.